Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zoo View (1)

For Skywatch Friday, here's a view from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. You'll feel like you're in the sky if you ride this chairlift!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Rock City Views

Next in my series of photos from Rock City, Georgia are some views.
The views are impressive but I'm not convinced that you can see seven states as they claim.
There's also a nice waterfall in the park.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rock City!

When driving in northern Georgia or eastern Tennessee, you'll see lots of roadside advertisements for Rock City, and we'd heard it was worth a visit.
It is certainly a unique place with trails wandering around huge rocks.
We definitely enjoyed it, and I'll have a couple more posts from it!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Peak Moods (10) - Beautiful

Peak Moods shows photos of Pikes Peak taken from my front porch, always very recent. This one was taken on Sunday morning after the recent snows (we had another 9 inches / 23 cm yesterday, but it's almost all gone now).

Monday, April 3, 2017

Finally Some Snow

While the mountains had plenty of snow, here in the foothills we had the warmest, driest winter I can remember since I moved to Colorado. But finally we've had some snow, about 20 inches (51 cm) in the last week and a half including one fall of 11 inches (28 cm). And there's more on the way this week.
Nobody's complaining about the moisture as it reduces wildfire danger.
And it certainly makes the neighborhood pretty!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Florissant Tree

One last post from Florissant for Skywatch Friday, this time a non-fossilized tree. The spiral pattern down the bark means it was struck by lightning sometime in the past, a very common sight in this part of the world where thunderstorms can be a daily occurrence in the summer.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Petrified Trees

I've posted about the Florissant Fossil Beds in the past - it's one of the greatest fossil beds ever discovered. Here are a couple of petrified trees.
These are redwood trees, preserved in a volcanic eruption around 35 million years ago.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cloudy Atlanta Building

I know it's not a great shot, but here's a shot of a cloudy Atlanta building at night.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nashville Parthenon Inside

Inside the recreation of the Parthenon in Nashville is an art museum where photos aren't allowed, and a large replica of the Athena Parthenos statue.
At her feet is a shield with a serpent.
Here's a close-up of her head.
Her right hand holds a statue of Nike (Victory).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trees And Blue Sky

Blue skies are a common sight where I live - the American Southwest is one of the sunniest places on the planet and the Front Range of Colorado shares in that lovely weather; the mountains shield us from most storms. I'm always happy to share these skies for Skywatch Friday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tennessee Parthenon

One of the attractions in the Nashville area is a full-sized recreation of the Parthenon.
While the original Parthenon was completed in 438 BC, this replica was completed in 1925.
It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Next week I'll show you inside.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Palmetto

Taken in Charleston, South Carolina, 10/22/2016, for Skywatch Friday.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Black Forest Park

One of my favorite nearby places is Black Forest Regional Park.
It's 385 acres of rolling hills and forests.
Unfortunately it was scarred by a serious wildfire a couple of years ago (a fire which destroyed almost 500 homes and killed two people), but it's still a wonderful place to go for a walk with the dogs.
It's even got a couple of ponds.
I'm sure I'll be back many more times.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Country Music Hall of Fame

While we were in Nashville we had to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Even if you're not a country music fan it's got lots of interesting things to see - here's Elvis' famous gold piano.
I'm definitely a fan of Bill Monroe so this was amazing to see.
Here's a very famous costume Gram Parsons wore.
There are walls of gold and platinum records...
...and various exhibits about very famous stars like Merle Travis.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mountaintop Tree

I found this photogenic tree on top of a little local mountain I climbed with the dogs, elevation a little over 9,000 feet or 2,740 meters above sea level. It had clearly been struck by lightning many years in the past.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tennessee State Capitol

Here are some photos of the Tennessee State Capitol, located in Nashville.
Completed in 1859 it's an attractive building with lovely grounds.
This night shot was handheld with a telephoto so please excuse its lack of clarity.
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